Bishop Memory's Bio

Bishop Elect Memory Tapfumaneyi was born an identical twin with Pastor Pardon Tapfumaneyi on the 16 October 1970 in Bulawayo. His father Freddie Paradzayi Tapfumaneyi was a Car Sales manager and his late mother Betty Munama Jaravani was a dressmaker and an informal trader. His mother had nine children and from his father he has several brothers and sisters. He grew up in Mpopoma township, his late mother took them to Matombo Methodist church where they attended Sunday school which embedded his Christian faith and foundation. His maternal family are devout Methodists and his paternal family are devout Anglicans. He completed his primary school at Lukanyiso primary school, then went to Mpopoma High school for his O levels and then to Townsend High School for his A levels.

Bishop Elect Memory gave his life to the Lord on the 31 December 1989 after living a troubled Youth life, the Lord used Pastor Allen Sibanda to witness to him. He attended UPC Lobengula St for a few months before he left for Harare in April 1990 to study Mechanical Engineering at Harare Institute of Technology. He met Rudo nee Charumbira who was studying Electrical Engineering whom he later married in 1998. At college he became involved with FOCUS (Fellowship of Christian Unions in Zimbabwe) which is affiliated to IFES setting up and establishing Christian Unions in Zimbabwe, he was also the Student Representative Council President.

In Harare he attended New Life Temple then under Pastor Tudor and Chichi Bismark who became his spiritual father and mentor. His passion for ministry grew under his covering. He enrolled at Newlife Bible Institute and graduated with a Bachelor of Theology in Dec 1996. He started his own company with his brother after graduating from college. When the ministry evolved to Newlife Covenant Church he was involved in youth, praise and worship and became the Missions Coordinator for Jabula Newlife Ministries. He travelled extensively with Bishop Tudor Bismark in Sub Sahara Africa establishing churches and providing training for Pastors and Ministers.

He migrated to the United Kingdom in August 2002 and established the first Newlife Covenant Church outside Harare on the 3rd June 2003. He became instrumental in setting up other branches in the UK, South Africa, Australia and Netherlands. He pursued further studies at Oxford University obtaining an Undergraduate in Biblical Studies and Theology. He also graduated at Oxford Brookes with a Bachelor of Honours in Social Work in 2012 and is currently studying for a Msc in Child Welfare and Wellbeing which he hopes to progress to a PhD.

Bishop Elect Memory is a well-respected professional, clergy and a role model in the community he lives in Oxford and beyond. He is involved at Strategic level working with the local government, the police, charities (food bank), MPs, Lord Mayor, church groups, is a conference and motivational speaker. He was recognised and honoured by Her Majesty the Queen for the community engagement work and was invited to the Royal Garden party at Buckingham Palace in July 2013.He is a loving husband to his wife they have been together for 25 years and a father to his sons Shelton and Sean.